Self-Catheterization for Men
How to Perform a Self-Catheterization
Reference guides can be extremely helpful for patients with urological issues to understand how to catheterize and sanitize. (Note: When using a coudé catheter, the curved tip must be facing upward, toward your navel.)
- Wash your hands and your penis with warm, soapy water or a moist towelette.
- Lubricate the tip of the catheter. Place the opposite end of the catheter in the toilet or basin. (For a coudé, lubricate the first few inches of the catheter. If using a hydrophilic catheter, please consult the manufacturer information for lubrication instructions.)
- Hold the tip of your penis at a 45° angle from your stomach. Slowly insert the catheter into your urethra. If it is hard to insert, relax. (For a coudé, hold the tip of penis at a 90° angle and insert the catheter with the curved tip facing upward, toward your navel. Some catheters have a guide stripe or dot; make sure this mark is facing up while inserting.) If you feel a sharp pain, remove the catheter and try again. When urine begins to flow, stop inserting the catheter and lower your penis.
- When the urine stops flowing, slowly remove and discard the catheter. Be sure to wash your hands.
Hints & Tips for self-catheterization
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Always use a clean or sterile catheter.
- Follow your schedule whether you feel the need to urinate or not.
- Keep a log of your self-catheterization schedule.
When To Call the Doctor
Even though self-catheterization is safe, occasionally problems may arise. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in your urine
- Little or no urine
- Foul-smelling urine
- Sand-like particles in your urine
- Leakage between catheterizations
- Pain when inserting catheter
- Lower back or abdomen pain
- Low-grade fever of 100.4° or higher
Direct any self-catheterization medical questions to a health care professional. Always consult with your physician before modifying any course of treatment.